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November 26, 2012
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  • Vinci consortium wins $1B contract in Ind.
    Indiana has awarded a $1 billion design-build and 35-year operations and maintenance contract to a consortium led by Vinci Concessions SA. Work, which is part of the Ohio River Bridges Project, will include a twin-bore tunnel, 19 bridges and roadway improvements. Participants include Walsh Construction, Jacobs Engineering, and Vinci Construction Grands Projets. (11/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fiscal woes could delay completion of $1.7B Wis. project
    The $1.7 billion reconstruction of the Zoo Interchange in Wisconsin was supposed to be completed in 2018. However, the state Transportation Department is asking to delay it for two years due to funding issues. Seven other projects could also be delayed if there isn't enough money set aside for transportation projects. "This is a live-within-our-means budget," said Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb. "To be clear, this is not something we are happy to be proposing." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (tiered subscription model) (11/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology & Trends  
  • Concrete piles a key feature of Fla. airport project
    A new runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida will need to cross a highway and railroad tracks. To accomplish that, reinforced concrete piles -- between 50 feet and 100 feet long and weighing an average of 22.8 tons -- are being driven into the ground. The piles will eventually support two bridge structures that allow the runway and taxiway to slope over the obstructions. Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (11/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EPD related to CalStar's fly-ash bricks based on LCA
    CalStar hired Perkins + Will to conduct a life-cycle analysis of its fly-ash bricks. They published those results in an Environmental Product Declaration. Among the findings: The bricks release only 0.13 pounds of carbon emissions from cradle-to-gate, and contain 37% recycled material. Jetson Green (11/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Assembly of Seattle's Highway 99 tunnel borer almost complete
    The assembly of a 57.5-foot-diameter drill in Japan is nearing completion. Once finished, the borer -- which will be used to dig the Highway 99 tunnel in Seattle -- will be disassembled into 41 parts and shipped to Seattle in March. Crews have placed hundreds of concrete pillars underground on each side of where the borer will travel to reduce vibration risks. The Seattle Times (11/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • Study: Feds help accelerate adoption of green building
    Governments that have green-procurement policies or green-building mandates can help accelerate the adoption of green-building practices, according to research by Timothy Simcoe and Michael Toffel. "Committing in advance to build green does have spillover effects for private adoption of green-building practices, for both the supply of inputs such as contractors and the demand for buildings that are measurably green," said Toffel. HBS Working Knowledge (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & HR  
  • 4 ways leaders can foster innovation
    There are plenty of ways for bosses to foster innovation, writes Scott Edinger, but the best techniques all focus on building a companywide culture rather than on recognizing and rewarding a handful of creative superstars. "A culture where innovation thrives in every corner is exponentially more valuable than a culture which anoints one or even a few people as 'the innovative ones,' " Edinger writes. Forbes (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch  
  • Deal to avoid "fiscal cliff" is closer
    Several veteran lawmakers predict the "fiscal cliff" will be avoided as Republicans will agree to raise taxes by limiting deductions and Democrats will agree to reform entitlement programs. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., says he will violate his anti-tax pledge because when "you're $16 trillion in debt, the only pledge we should be making to each other is to avoid becoming Greece." The Hill/Blog Briefing Room (11/25), The Wall Street Journal (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News  
  • New! Adhesive Anchor Installation Online CEU Program
    ACI is offering a flexible and convenient way to learn about adhesive anchors through its newest online CEU program, titled "Adhesive Anchor Installation." The resources introduced in this program are intended to provide an introduction to adhesive anchor installation, what constitutes an adhesive anchor, installation requirements for adhesive anchors, adhesive curing, and applications for use. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cement tester training from ACI
    ACI recently began offering a new custom seminar titled Physical Tester -- Basics of Cement Testing. This four- to five-day program is presented at the customer’s testing lab for up to 10 people. It provides both classroom and hands-on training in the most common procedures used to test cement and supplementary cementitious materials. See a detailed list of the topics covered in the seminar. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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